Thoughts on the art, science and ethics of information gathering in a digital society.

I am a historian who became a social scientist who became an information technologist who became a business analyst who found information science, design, management and ethics in all these things. I also like to run.  You can find out more about me at alisonpope.me. I use this blog to write about my work, research and ideas.


The blog is organised into three top level sections covering my three main areas of interest.  These are (in order of current priorities):

  • Iddilica: The Art, Science and Ethics of Information
  • Culturion: Culture, History and Digital Humanities
  • Addylica: Analysis, Design and Programming

Themes and topics I’m particularly interested in at the moment are wide ranging and include:


  • Self and Society in the Age of Digital Reproduction
  • Surveillance Society; Expose Culture: What do we Mean by Privacy in the Internet Age?
  • Information and the Practice of History:
    • The Right to Know and the Right to Forget (ECJ C-131/12)
  • Freedom of Information and Freedom of Speech
  • The Ideal of the Commons
    • Data. Commons
  • Research Data Management
  • Data Science for the Social Sciences
  • Digital Curation and Preservation
  • Data and Metadata
  • A Social History of Innovation
  • Cartographers of the Digital Age
  • Quantified Self
  • The Evolution of the Web
    • Web 1.0 Searching (The Internet of Documents)
    • Web 1.5 Spatial (The Internet of Topologies)
    • Web 2.0 Social (The Internet of People)
    • Web 3.0 Sensing (The Internet of Things)


  • The Semantic Web: Crossing the Chasm (discourse and domain analysis)
  • Me, Myself and Everyone: Identity Curation in the Networked Society
  • The Sensing Web: The Emerging Significance of the Internet of Things
  • The Sensing Web: The Curation and Preservation Challenge of Big Data
  • Realising the Memex: Linked Data, Associative Indexing and Digital Information Management
  • From Liked to Linked: Assessing the Emergence of Web 3.0
  • One Web (Connected Knowledge for People and Machines): The Implications for Catalogues and Cataloguing
  • Web 3.0: Mapping the Shift from Document Thinking to Data Thinking and the Significance for Libraries and Information Centres
  • Wayfinding the Digital Commons: Link Curation and Connected Knowledge
  • Authenticity and Continuity in the Age of Digital Reproduction
  • The Shelfie and the Reading Record: Protecting and Sharing Identity via Reading Patterns
  • The Privacy Paradox: Surveillance Society; Expose Culture and the Disciplinary Power of Identity Construction
  • Architecture and Usability of Academic Discovery Systems
  • Open Access: Authentication and Authorisation Barriers Accessing Resources
  • Shift to Full Lifecycle Research Data Management (Data + Pub)
  • Bibliographic Data as Linked Data
  • Understanding the Implications of ECJ C-131/12 for Archiving, Cataloguing and Information Seeking
  • Architecture and Usability of Academic Discovery Systems
  • Open Access: Authentication and Authorisation Barriers Accessing Resources
  • Navigating Library Ecosystems



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